Participatory Budgeting was first introduced in the 1980's in Porto Alegre, Brazil. It was introduced as a method to encourage more popular participation and redirect government resources to communities where it was needed most. It is now recognised internationally as a way for communities to have a say in how public money is spent.
The Scottish Government support Participatory Budgeting (PB) as a tool for community engagement and as a method in line with the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act (2015). There has been significant focus from the Scottish Government on their ambition to devolve decision making to local communities.
Community Budgeting is part of West Dunbartonshire Council's Your Community Initiative and has been developed and refined over 4 phases as WDC's approach to PB.
West Dunbartonshire Council have supported the Your Community initiative by allocating £1m in 2016 to support the delivery of local area priorities. £425k of this was then spent on the development of Community Budgeting with a further £60k of revenue funding being allocated for 3 years (2016/17 - 2018/19) to support the continuation of Community Budgeting.
Find out more about Particpatory Budgeting here.